Indian Cricketer S. Sreesanth joined the BJP for upcoming Assembly elections in Kerala. BJP announced its first list of 22 candidates, including all senior state leaders. BJP second list will consist of 51 candidates who will contest the May 16 assembly polls in Kerala from Thiruvananthapuram. The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the BJP announced that Sreesanth had formally joined the party and would contest from Thiruvananthapuram.

Sreesanth arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi and met with top party leaders. He later announced he had accepted the party membership and will do his best to strengthen the party in Kerala.

Union Health minister JP Nadda said:

“The discussion took place in the meeting keeping Kerala’s best interest in mind… Sreesanth will be contesting from Thiruvananthapuram seat.”

Sreesanth said:

“Whenever I wanted to join politics, it was always BJP. So, it’s a great honour to be a part of this party. It’s a great honour to meet Narendra Modiji, Amit Shah sir, Arun Jaitley sir and all the party legends, especially from the Kerala side.”

“I will try my best to change the face of Kerala, When I have got a clean chit from the court, there is no problem. I have started a new life. Difficulties will come again but I’m strong enough to face them.”

“BJP is doing well in all the states. We have not seen any huge change in Kerala in the last 50-60 years. I think the state can develop a lot and it is high time to make a change.”

 

 

The BJP has high hopes from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency where the party nominee O. Rajagopal had come second to the winning candidate of the Congress Shashi Tharoor in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP had led on five Assembly constituencies in the state during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Sources said it was party chief Amit Shah who played a key role in getting Sreesanth inducted in the party and fielded in a seat which BJP expects has high wining power.

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